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Husband 101 by A’ndrea Wilson

Book Description:

How many women does it take to ruin a marriage? Eric Hayes is a man with too many women in his life. As a bachelor, he loved all of the attention, but now being a married man, he quickly realizes that he cannot please more than one woman at a time. Succumbing to the pressure, Eric takes a course at his wife’s church to become better equipped for the bittersweet realities of marriage: Husband 101. The course ends up being more than he bargained for and his role and actions as a man are put to the test, one that he struggles to pass. Unable to keep everyone satisfied, Eric’s picture-perfect life begins to crumble even before he can make it to his first anniversary. Will he heed to good advice and put into practice the lessons that can salvage his family, or will pride and self-reliance guarantee his fall?

My Review:

To say I was excited to read Husband 101 by A’ndrea Wilson would be an understatement. Since reading Wife 101 (which was released in November 2011), I have been telling everyone I know about Wilson’s work. Husband 101 continues the story of Amber and Eric who are now married and expecting their first child.

Eric thought he knew all there was to being a good husband but when Amber urges him to attend the Husband 101 at her church, he realizes that he was deeply mistaken. Eric’s ambition to be a success on his own causes him to go down a path that blurs the line between bending the truth and telling a lie. Throughout the thirteen week Husband 101 course, Eric reevaluates, reexamines, and reassess his views on marriage and his role and responsibility as a husband.

Husband 101 clearly looks at the topic of men and marriage just as Wife 101 explored women and their role in marriage. Both books are work of fiction, but each chapter teaches a lesson that ministers to your soul and gives you a greater understanding of the words written in the Bible. Like its predecessor (Wife 101), Husband 101 is one of my favorite reads in the last twelve months. Couples 101 cannot be released soon enough!

My Rating: 

5 star rating

Purchase Link: Husband 101 by A’ndrea Wilson can be purchased on Amazon by clicking on the book cover at the top of this post.

A Christmas Surprise by Janelle Taylor

Title: Doesn’t Quite Hit the Mark

Description:

An unexpected miracle or a risky dream? She never expected to get pregnant so soon after a health scare, and her work as a nurse makes her all too aware of the dangers. Will sharing her secret with her adoring husband create a holiday disaster— or a Christmas surprise? Betsy Reed and her husband, Tommy, have a marriage that other people envy—romantic, passionate, and filled with happiness. The news Betsy brings home from her doctor right before Christmas could destroy all that. Against all odds, just a few months after surgery to remove cysts in her uterus, she’s pregnant. She’s familiar with the dangers of pregnancy—her beloved sister-in-law died of complications. As Betsy and Tommy head for a Christmas in the Blue Ridge mountains, he begins to realize she’s hiding something from him. Although their nights are filled with desire, her holiday joy seems forced. He fears the worst. New York Times bestselling romance author Janelle Taylor puts her magic to work in this Christmas story about love, courage, faith, and trust.

My Review:

A Christmas Surprise by Janelle Taylor is the story of a married couple, Betsy and Tommy, and they are keeping secrets from one another. Betsy and Tommy are spending their first Christmas away from their respective families and are nervous and scared to face the elephant in the room. A Christmas Surprise has elements of romance because the love between the couple is apparent but after reading this book I was not really in the Christmas spirit. The premise of this book is a solid one but it is my opinion that the author should have made it into a full length book because it seemed rushed and not fully developed.

3 stars

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Blog Tour Review & Interview: Bud’s Christmas Wish by Ashley Nemer

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Blurb:

If a dream is a wish your heart makes, can it hear those things we want even if we don’t know what they are? When sorrow brings young Lucy home to a land full of mystery, steeped in tradition and colored with unspoken magic, she finds herself reevaluating her life and her own place in it. Things are never what they seem, and people are seldom what you THINK them to be if all you base it on is what your eyes see and not what your soul speaks. There’s a fine line between destiny and duty, but when both are blended with love, who knows what miracles can occur at Christmas?

Review:

Bud’s Christmas Wish by Ashley Nemer is a sweet and short holiday story. It is based around Lucy who has moved from America to Ireland to be with her aging grandmother. Lucy meets Bud, Bud falls in love with her, and after their first date, she falls in love with him too. The story was a little far-fetched to me but it was cute and a quick read. 3 Stars

Meet Ashley Nemer

1. When did you fall in love with books?

Probably easiest to pin point would be in high school, I read VC Andrews and a few other young adult authors until my friend introduced me to Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag that’s when reading became a real true hobby.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

Writing is something I’ve enjoyed for a long time. I was on the Journalism team in 8th grade then the debate team all through high school. All we did was writing. In college I loved researching and writing papers and even had a poem or two published in a book.

3. Tell us about yourself.

I am a very social person and enjoy sharing laughs and life with everyone. Obviously reading and writing are my hobbies. I have two dogs and a wonderful Husband. Coming home to the three of them every night is perfect. I’m the oldest of 3 and I was born in Kansas and moved to Texas when I was 11. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Political Science. I’m also a 2nd degree decided Black Belt in the American Taekwondo Association.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

So many! #1 hands down is Tami Hoag and Catherine Counter comes in a close second. Kay Hooper, Linda Howard, J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Richelle Mead, Kim Harrison, Angela Knight, the list goes on and on….

5. What are your favorite books?

My favorite Book is Dark Paradise by Tami Hoag and my favorite series is the FBI Thriller series by Catherine Coulter staring Dillon Savich and his wife Sherlock, then Kay Hooper’s Bishop/SCU Series.

6. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

I have the sequel to Blood Purple, my Debut Novel coming soon, Blood Yellow. It’s currently in the editing process. Zayn and Nikole have to tackle more than just the physical enemies hounding their family. They have to battle and overcome their internal struggles and demands. I’ve started the third book in the Blood Series, Blood Green. I also have a Young Adult series I just started writing called Maverick’s Touch staring Nadia Maverick who is a reporter in Cedar Rapids. She constantly ends up getting into random bouts of trouble. I also have a Poetry book that’s currently under review with my publisher that I co-authored with two girlfriends of mine.

7. What makes you unique as an author?

I have been told my writing style is unique and different than the typical author. I try hard to not do what the reader expects and to keep everyone guessing. I like to be different and I think the way I go about it is refreshing.

8. Why should readers pick up your books?

Because when you read my books, you will be taken away on an adventure. You will feel my characters; you will identify and root for them. I also write a killer bad guy. I think those are my best characters. I make you want to have the bad guy come out on top.

9. How can readers connect with you?

Website: http://www.ashleynemer.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ashleynemerauthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ashleynemer
Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ashley-Nemer/e/B009GGWMYQ

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Meet Cynthia Gail: Author of Winter’s Magic

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a tour stop for Winter’s Magic by Cynthia Gail. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and you can read my review which was posted on November 30, 2012. Cynthia also stopped by for a little chat, so here we go!

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1. When did you fall in love with books?

I read Nancy Drew and Beverly Cleary in grade school, a few teen romances in middle school, but then I really stopped reading until the age of thirty. I was working in the magazine/book industry and found audiobooks were a great way to relax during a long commute to work. I read mysteries for several years.

Then a book publisher gave me an autographed copy of Lisa Kleypas’ Sugar Daddy and promised I would love it. I sat it on my office bookshelf for a year until I saw a marketing sheet on Blue Eyed Devil. I was hooked and quickly found her Wallflower series, then went through all of her other historicals. I haven’t read many mysteries since.

2. When did you realize you wanted to write?

A few years ago, my husband worked the early morning shift and went to bed at eight. I’m a night owl and would stay up late reading. One day I woke up with a storyline in my head. After a few days of the story growing, one night instead of reading I decided to write. I didn’t tell anyone I was writing for a year and by then I had 2 1/2 manuscripts finished. I told my best friend, who happens to know Trish Milburn, an award-winning author, and hooked me up. Trish edited my first book (what is now the second in the series) and connected me with RWA and the Nashville chapter.

3. Tell us about yourself.

My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our eighteen-year-old son and three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.

4. Who are your favorite authors?

I follow Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, J.R. Ward, Susan Mallery, Karen Marie Moning, Suzanne Brockmann, Jennifer Ashley, Emma Wildes, Anne Stuart, Sabrina Jeffries, and Victoria Dahl. And that’s just a start… Darcy Flynn, Rebecca Heflin and Meggan Connors are brand new authors recently added to my list.

5. What are your favorite books?

My all time favorite is Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I also love Intensity by Dean Koontz. I’ve read the Twilight series at least four times. Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers and Travis series and J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood would also have to be at the top of my list.

6. What would you like for readers to get out of Winter’s Magic?

Winter’s Magic is a fun, fast read. There are parts that will make you laugh, while others make your heart squeeze. A few surprises. Steamy love scenes. Each one touches on modern day issues, fears, and challenges that women face every day. And each one illustrates that love is within reach if you let down those walls and allow your heart to open. Our lives and experiences are so much more meaningful when we have someone to share them with.

7. What makes you unique as an author and what sets your book apart from other books in the same genre?

I try to be myself when I write, let my own voice carry the story. I had a judge from the Heart of Denver Molly contest leave this comment, “Her style is magic, so much so that it sneaks up and the beauty of her gift is she makes you forget you’re a voyeur peeking in on someone’s lives.”

I couldn’t have asked for better feedback. Reading is supposed to take us away from the stress of our lives and treat us to a few moments of escape and happy endings. I hope all of my books succeed in providing this.

8. What is your writing process?

I have to have complete silence and plenty of light to write. My creative side requires total concentration and absolutely no multitasking. I have a lounger in the family room and a recliner in the bonus room, depending on where the family is—both allow me to put my feet up and relax with my laptop. Once I’m finished with a manuscript and start the editing process, I can simultaneously watch a football game, sitcom, and handle music and noise. I guess it’s just a different part of my brain.

9. Are you currently working on anything new? If so, please give a brief synopsis and when should we expect it?

Spring’s Surprise is under contract and expected to release in March or April of 2013. Summer’s Family Affair and Fall’s Redeeming Grace will conclude the Music City Hearts series.

I also have a stand-alone book called Sweet Tooth that I’m working on. Angela Preston is a single mother, struggling to make ends-meet with a bakery and catering business. When her car is totaled by a local delivery truck, she meets Lance Stone, whom she assumes is the driver’s regional manager. He eats lunch at her diner several days in a row before she finally agrees to a date. Only after she’s given him her heart does she realize he’s the CEO of the company who’s planning to tear down the blind school her son attends.

10. How can readers connect with you?

Website: http://www.CynthiaGail.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/SmoQo5

Twitter: CynthiaGailRomance

Amazon Page: http://amzn.to/ReE8fG

WINTER’S MAGIC Tour Information:

Winter’s Magic Tour Page:

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2012/10/20/pump-up-your-book-presents-winter-magic-virtual-book-publicity-tour-50-visa-cardebook-swag-giveaway/

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About the Book:

Beth Sergeant and Nick Chester come from opposite ends of the social food chain. While he sees a beautiful woman without an agenda, she sees a wealthy playboy. Can he convince her to let go of her insecurities and take a chance on love, when challenges from his past force her to reveal her most guarded secret?

Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.

After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.

Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick’s dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick’s past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.

Review & Blog Tour: Million Dollar Mistake by Meg Lacey

Title: Million Dollar Mistake

Author: Meg Lacey

Publish Date: October 23, 2012

Rating: 4 Stars

My Review

Meg Lacey writes such a fun and entertaining read in Million Dollar Mistake. Raven is the typical socialite who is more known in the tabloids for her sexual exploits and partying than for who she is on the inside. Jackson Exeter has invited Raven to spend the weekend with him and Raven accepts thinking it would be just the two of them but Jackson had other plans.

Jackson has invited his parents and his grandmother because he plans to propose to Raven over the weekend. Jackson’s father is completely against the relationship between his son and Raven because he has dreams of Jackson becoming a politician and it is his belief that because of all of the bad press that she receives that Raven would be a liability. Jackson’s father believes that Lorianne, who has been in love with Jackson her entire life, would be a better wife for him and invites her to the home for the weekend.

And, if the house wasn’t crowded enough, Raven’s “cousin,” Nicholas arrives right when she finds out that Jackson plans to propose. Raven is not interested in marrying Jackson so she and Nicholas scheme their own engagement. What will happen if Nicholas and Raven truly develop romantic feelings for one another? And, what will happen if Nicholas’ arrival was not truly coincidental?

We may not all be a socialite like Raven but we can all understand the feeling of wanting someone to love us. . The storyline is fast-paced with a great mixture of humor, deceit, and love. Meg Lacey writes a very entertaining piece of fiction that will keep you flipping the pages.

Please Note: Author supplied the book for a review.

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